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About this project

To give a little history of Main Street Cheese, LLC, in June 2012, after initial business planning, cheese making study, and much focused dreaming, Main Street Cheese purchased the heart of its business--its herd of 2 milkers and 11 kids.  Since then much has happened: we grew the kids up to breeding age, bred them, built a licensed cheese making facility, and opened our honor-system shop in August 2013.  We are now coming to the end of our third lactation cycle.  It has been an exciting, challenging, and fascinating three years--as with any new business, especially in the beginning, there are elements that needed tweaking and adjusting.  We feel we have arrived at a good scale and have streamlined our processes, acquired and installed appropriate equipment, and placed the business on sustainable footing to move forward into the future. 

We are delighted to have been recently awarded a USDA Value-Added Producer Grant.  This is a two-year grant supporting the cheese side of the business to increase our customer base.  One way we are planning to do this is by holding small goat cheese/goat meat events--convivial community gatherings celebrating delicious local food, often with films or discussions about sustainable agriculture and life-affirming economics following the festivities.

However, the grant doesn't cover "brick and mortar"--i.e. the creation of our garden, the venue for the events.  Hence, this Kickstarter Campaign.  

A permaculture designer has helped us make a beautiful garden plan.

We have begun this year by letting the kids browse on the brush that used to overtake the area--they made quick work of cleaning it up!  Now we have put down cardboard and mulch where we hope to plant in the spring.  We are very excited about this and would love for you to join our efforts.

We are seeking to raise $4,000 to make our garden.  

The budget includes:

$1,700 preparation of ground and installation of pea stone

$1,290 three 8-seat tables with benches

$  700 plants

$3,690 Total

186.00  5% Kickstarter Fee

110.00 3% Payment Processing Fees

$3,986 Grand Total

Thank you very much for considering joining this adventure!

We hope to celebrate life, goats, cheese, and a sustainable future with you before long in our garden.

Risks and challenges

We currently have permission from the town for 6 events per year, for not more than 20 people per event. Though this is rather a large effort for a rather small number of small events, we feel it is well worth it. This is to be the convivial, vision-centered (the inspiring, educational part to the events) aspect of Main Street Cheese. Also, publicity around our events will raise awareness of our cheese and meat in general in the community, so it will have benefit beyond the actual events themselves.

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    Main Street Cheese ballpoint pen

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    Bumper Sticker: Eat Local Cheese: Liberate Main Street from Wall Street! and a Goat Postcard.

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    4 oz. chèvre (for store pickup only); otherwise, 5 Goat Postcards.

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    8 oz. chèvre (for store pickup only); otherwise, 2 Goat Notecards.

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    8 oz. chèvre (for store pickup only, otherwise, 2 Goat Notecards) and 4 Goat Postcards

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    A Main Street Cheese Mug: "Working to Liberate Main Street from Wall Street through Local Artisan Cheese!"

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    An invitation to a cheesetasting. Dates TBD.

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    For store pickup only: 8 oz. chèvre and 1 lb. goat meat.
    For shipping: 8 goat notecards.

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    Farm/Cheesery Tour, 8 oz. Chèvre, 1lb. Goat Meat and 6 Goat Notecards.

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    Farm/Cheesery Tour, Invitation to a Cheese Tasting, 4 4 oz. chevres per month for four months.

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